Austin’s 10 Best Date Ideas

August 10, 2021

Austin is one of the hottest cities right now and it is not tough to see why. There is so much to love about the young residents, upbeat social scene, and thriving art scene. Here are ten restaurants in Violet Crown City that are sure to wow with their flare, flavor, and service.

Looking for a new place to take your partner on a date can be hard, especially during COVID, which has developed a second strain. Currently, in the state of Texas, Governor Abbott announced that the state has reached the reopening phase for businesses and services.

However, stay at the home, mask, and otherwise, be safe orders have been extended through February 16th. This means that residents must continue to practice social distancing, hygiene, and face-covering behaviors. So how can you and your partner still enjoy your favorite meals with safety orders in place? Don’t worry, the Official is here to help.

Here are 10 restaurants in Violet Crown City that are abiding by these rules and have made the necessary precautions to keep you safe, while also providing you the best service.

El Alma

Offering modern Mexican cuisine, El Alma is one of the best places in Austin to get a delicious and vibrant taste of Mexico. Not only is their food authentic, but their margarita menu specializes in catering to all enthusiasts, from the super fruity ‘Mangorita’ to the sweet and spicy watermelon-serrano ‘Flaquita’. Grab your food to go or if you’re feeling confident, take virtual cooking classes with the chefs. It’s a win, win!



Nestled on six lush acres in the heart of Austin, the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum has become a favorite oasis for visitors. Showcasing a permanent collection of bronze figurative sculptures by American sculptor Charles Umlauf in South Austin, the UMLAUF also features rotating contemporary sculpture exhibitions in the gallery and garden. All visitors are offered the unique experience of interacting with world-class art in a serene, natural setting, adjacent to popular destinations like Barton Springs Pool and Zilker Park. Enquire today about their safety precautions and procedures.


Swedish Hill

When you and your partner visit Swedish Hill, you will be greeted with cases filled with smoked fish, caviar, artisanal charcuterie, and a cornucopia of pastries and hearth-baked bread. Swedish Hill’s chefs create made-to-order sandwiches using quality local meats & cheeses, leaving the bar to serve Figure 8 Coffee alongside freshly squeezed juice by day and wines by night. What more could you ask for? Order online today!



Zanzibar is a lush rooftop destination that redefines the Austin concrete jungle. Known for their specialty drinks and oasis-like atmosphere, Zanzibar offers its guests cabanas and poolside relaxation by day and a tropical island experience by night. Their doors are still open with restrictions to ensure safety for all guests, so make sure to stop on by and experience the glorious place that is Zanzibar.


The Roosevelt Room

The Roosevelt Room offers uniquely crafted cocktails in an industrial-chic setting. Upstairs, the cozy lounge offers an intimate space to get to know one another, all while enjoying one of their carefully crafted classic cocktails. Head there for happy hour to enjoy these unique beverages for $7.

Make sure to visit their website for more information about their safety precautions and procedures.


Prohibition Creamery

Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet like a bourbon milkshake or something with a little more alcohol like an old-fashioned, you can find it all at Prohibition Creamery. Offering pure and simple flavors, Prohibition Creamery serves delicious ice creams and vegan sorbets made in small batches. Not to mention that each flavor has a little boozy kick. Grab you and your boo a taste of ice cream that you have never had before.



Picture this: Hidden drawers where fresh utensils are always within reach, large cubes of crystalline ice stamped with the restaurant’s logo, gorgeously moody lighting, and a lavish exhaust system that silently whisks away what could be a dining room choked with smoke. If that’s not fine dining then I don’t know what is. Not to mention that each dish is crafted with equally obsessive care providing flavors of an indie steakhouse while sticking to fine dining aspects of restaurant life. Make sure to place your reservation today to experience the atmosphere that is Hestia.


Devil May Care

Usually, anything related to the devil is something to stay away from, but this time it’s different. Regarded as a mischievous lounge with modern Mediterranean flare, Devil May Care is far from a trap. Delivering a fresh and enigmatic dining experience, Devil May Care is sure to knock your socks off with food from out of this world. They are committed to adhering to elevated healthy practices by keeping safe distances, washing hands every chance they get, constantly sanitizing, and, as always, the staff is not allowed to come to work if they aren’t feeling well. For this reason, Devil May Care is open for limited reservations, delivery, and curbside pickup.



Sitting amongst Austin’s famous Music Lane, Aba provides a dining experience like no other. The restaurant pays homage to Chef-Partner CJ Jacobson’s culinary roots in California with a lighter style of cooking that draws inspiration for its cuisine from Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, and Greece. Be sure to stop by Aba today and experience the Mediterranean in a new light.



Codependent is a conceptual coffee and cocktail bar inspired by Italian luxury, aperitivo culture, and the belief that beautiful design should be enjoyed by all. Located on the ground floor of the Independent Condo Tower, Codependent is designed for quality. Where day meets night, dark meets light, and iconic Italian furniture is best appreciated with a glass of wine.

At this time, they are not taking reservations, but you are more than welcome to join them for Happy Hour Monday - Friday from 4 pm to 6 pm. So what are you waiting for?

No matter where you go, there is always a new adventure that awaits you! Take pictures and make memories. Don’t be afraid to do what it takes to become official!

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